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Fears grow over Indonesia's terrorism threat after recent attacks

Reactivation of Bali bombings group adds to peril of pro-Islamic State cells

Armed police officers stand guard along a closed road following an explosion outside a Catholic church in Makassar, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, on March 28.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Two attacks and the arrest of nearly 100 suspects in recent weeks show that Islamist terrorism remains a substantial threat in Indonesia -- both from pro-Islamic State cells and a potential revival of an old regional network.

A suicide bomb attack on March 28 outside a church in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, took the nation by surprise, given the collapse of Islamic State in Syria and the perception that the pandemic was stifling local cells.

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